While the city’s quintessentially European architecture, sunny skies and picturesque beaches attract expats worldwide, relocating to a new place also brings its challenges - from visa application to suitable living arrangements.

Whether you're moving to the city as a solo expat, relocating with family, visiting loved ones or travelling for a temporary project, here are some things to consider for a smooth transition and an enjoyable experience:

Navigating Administrative Procedures

Before moving to Lisbon, it’s essential to research the Portuguese visa application process thoroughly. This means understanding the documentation and approval process, which can be a complex task – especially if you are not familiar with the language.

Start your research early to organise the paperwork and keep track of relevant deadlines. Seek advice from bilingual immigration specialists, and keep an eye on government websites to help you navigate the application and minimise complications.

You can also explore online expat communities for insights, but verify information before making any adjustments to your application or travel plans.

Accommodation Solutions for Temporary Relocation

Securing suitable accommodation is essential for a comfortable stay in Lisbon. Consider serviced apartments for convenience and comfort, popular among expats and travelers.

Roomspace offers fully furnished serviced apartments in prime areas like Cais do Sodré and Rua Áurea, complete with weekly cleaning services. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the river Tagus and Castle, fully-equipped kitchens, and modern amenities, these apartments are your temporary "home away from home" in Lisbon.

Strategically located near transportation hubs and embassies, they provide peace of mind during your move.

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Cost of Living and Budgeting

Before moving to Lisbon, understanding the cost of living is crucial for financial planning. Create a detailed budget covering fixed and variable expenses to manage costs effectively and avoid surprises.

Expats can access Portugal's universal healthcare system by registering with the National Health Service (SNS) or obtaining private health insurance for broader coverage. Register with a local general practitioner upon arrival for swift medical assistance.

Roomspace also offers inclusive rental rates covering all bills and utilities, providing financial predictability and peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy your time in Lisbon fully!

Travelling to Lisbon soon?

So, embrace the possibilities of travelling to Lisbon in 2024! Prepare yourself with the necessary knowledge to manage your finances and navigate the new environment, and you're set to have an amazing journey in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

And if you're on the lookout for a place to stay in Lisbon, consider Roomspace's serviced apartments. They're not just a place to stay; they're the ideal launchpad for both work and exploration in the city!